Stakeholder Advisory Network on Climate Finance
About the SAN
What is the SAN and why was it created? Addressing climate change is the most pressing challenge of our generation, requiring a large-scale and coordinated response to address both its causes and consequences, such as reducing greenhouse gas emissions and supporting the resilience of ecosystems and human settlements, on a planetary scale. An emerging climate finance architecture, led by multilateral climate and environment funds, such as the Green Climate Fund, the Global Environment Facility, the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility, the Adaptation Fund, and the Climate Investment Funds, among others, aspire to channel hundreds of billions of dollars, and to leverage the allocation of even larger sums of private funds into climate-friendly investments. Ensuring that climate finance delivers on this challenge is a matter of concern to all, and particularly to those most vulnerable and directly affected.
The SAN was created to promote good governance in climate finance through enhanced stakeholder engagement by supporting non-state oversight, promoting transparency and building capacity to enhance meaningful participation at all levels of climate finance decision-making with particular focus on the global level. It is a network that aims to facilitate sharing of knowledge and coordination among climate fund observers from civil society, indigenous people, and the private sector.
SAN Coordinating Committee
SAN Coordinating Committee is comprised of observers of different funds representing civil society, indigenous peoples, and private sector. The elections for the SAN Coordinating Committee were held in December 2020 with the election of 13 people to the CC. The newly elected CC members are:
About the SAN Assembly (2020)
Welcome to the 2020 Stakeholder Advisory Network on Climate Finance Assembly! Here you will find what SAN members can expect of the annual meeting, which takes place in trying times and will thus happen virtually during the months of November and December 2020.
What is the SAN Assembly? The SAN Assembly is the main gathering of the SAN, proposed to take place annually. It is described in the SAN Strategy as the meeting of the Members’ Council, the highest governing body of the SAN, where high-level decisions, governance reforms, as well as plans, reports and accounts are discussed and approved. It is proposed as a formal body where decisions are made on a non-objection basis, by consensus or, as required, through a full vote.
As importantly, the SAN Assembly is an opportunity for members to learn about the SAN and its aims, for networking and peer exchanges, and an occasion to learn and to seed collaboration across climate and environment fund observer networks. It builds on the five SAN webinars held in May and June, 2020.
How and when will the Assembly take place? The SAN Assembly will occur during the months of November and December 2020, through a combination of real-time virtual meetings on videoconferencing platforms, and exchanges via other online collaboration tools, taking place around three main virtual sessions:
Session 1: November 19 – Purpose and Vision A Cross-Funds Webinar on Climate and Civil Society in a Post-Covid-19 world
Session 2: November 24 – Strategy and Implementation: A presentation and discussion of the SAN’s proposed impact and approach
Session 3: December 3 – Moving Forward: Focus on governance, organizational and practical steps toward a fully operational SAN in 2021
The SAN Assembly takes place in tandem with the Election of the SAN’s Coordinating Committee, which will see the SAN effectively representing the arc of constituencies it seeks to engage: civil society, indigenous peoples and private sector observers of major climate funds.
Virtual sessions will be followed by online discussions and deliberations on key decisions which will inform the direction of the SAN, establishing a strong mandate for the incoming Coordinating Committee and executive team.
Who should take part in the SAN Assembly? The event is open to all members and prospective members of the SAN, defined as current or former active observers in climate and environment funds, or their equivalents, that is, civil society, private sector and indigenous peoples representatives formally involved with representing their constituencies in funds’ decision-making bodies.
Why should I take part? Climate and environment fund observers have a challenging task, and have common problems, regardless of the funds and constituencies they represent. Enhancing stakeholder engagement is the ultimate goal of the SAN, ensuring that observers have the capacity, knowledge and tools to succeed, within a framework in which their voice is listened to and influences decision-making-. The SAN is a peer network: empowering incoming observers with the experience of current former observers is at the heart of the SAN’s operating mode.
What’s on the agenda for discussion and decision-making? Each of the three virtual sessions will focus on unique topics, from the overall vision and the case for the existence of the SAN to action plans and organizational decisions. Items on the agenda include:
1. Update on the state of the SAN
2. The Coordinating Committee election
3. Business plan, communication and fundraising strategy
4. Hosting and legal incorporation of the SAN
6. Ongoing member engagement
If you would like to help, have suggestions on the agenda and format of the event, or questions about the assembly, contact us at email@example.com
Session 1: November 20, 2020
Session 2: November 24, 2020
SAN Assembly - Second Session: Tuesday, November 24th, 2020, 9:00-11:00 EST (Washington, DC/14:00-16:00 UTC (London, Dakar).
In this webinar, we will introduce the new SAN 2021-23 Strategy and Business Plan, discuss the SAN's upcoming priorities, and consult our membership on its implementation. Please join us on Tuesday!
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Session 3: December 3, 2020
SAN Assembly - Third Session: Thursday, December 3rd, 2020, 9:00-11:00 EST (Washington, DC), 14:00-16:00 UTC (London, Dakar)
In the final webinar we will present and review the practical implementation decisions proposed by the Steering Committee, such as the legal status of the SAN, its hosting partnership, the election of the Coordinating Committee, etc.
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